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Communication in Moscow

Until recently a lot of Moscow has had an out of date, antiquated, phone system. Luckily this has changed as much of Moscow has been brought up to date these last few years with a consistent and good quality city wide service. A lot of the hotels and even many public phones have direct dialing to anywhere in the world. Unfortunately not all private homes have this function, most are limited to local calls. 

As well as an upgrade in phone communications there has also been a dramatic increase in magazines, newspapers and television channels. The only communication system that has remained lacking is the postal system. A tour to Moscow allows you to witness some of the beautifully designed buildings that are used for communication such as the Romanesque-inspired facade of Moscow's grand main post office.

Telephone services are very popular among Moscow, Comstar satellite phone boxes (blue colored) are installed in airports, hotel foyers, business centers and restaurants. They accept two types of payment, phone cards and credit cards. These can be found and bought in any major hotel, restaurant or club but they are expensive.

Moscow's local system is a lot cheaper and it is still possible to call another country. The Moscow state telephone network (MITC), white and blue card phones located across Moscow streets and metros, provides this cheap alternative of communication. Calls made from MITC are cheaper between 10 pm and 8 am on weekdays and at all the hours of the weekend.

Moscow's leading English daily newspaper, The Moscow Times, is printed and published from Tuesday to Saturday. It covers all the important topics of foreign and domestic news and it is also known for its Friday listing of the current exhibits and events taking place in the city. Further information is on travel site www.tourtorussia.com.au

There are many postal services in Moscow, one of which is the Main Post Office. Post offices such as this sell basic and commemorative Russian stamps, envelopes, postcards and phone cards. The smaller post offices in Moscow are marked with "pochta" and are more restricted in the services they offer. These are found scattered around the centre of the city. You can identify a "pochta" building by the large glass windows and the blue boxes outside the building. Local post functions quickly but when it comes to international posting its best avoided due to how slow the process is.  

If you would like to get a better understanding of how Russian communication works and at the same time learn a bit about Russia's history why not take the trans-Siberian railway directly to Moscow.


. . 2010
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